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My MacBook Pro came today. - helen-louise
My MacBook Pro came today.
I'm having a great degree of neophobia because it's all new and strange, so I've been downloading Mac versions of all of my existing software. OpenOffice for Mac turns out to be absolutely identical to OpenOffice for Windows and for the eeePC (whatever linux that is), so I'm delighted with that. Firefox too seems identical. Less happy with Opera, which doesn't quite behave the same way - that could be an Opera 9 versus Opera 10 issue, though.

I can now GET WORK DONE from home!! I actually logged in to the server at college and dumped X windows back onto the display here, and rotated molecules about on the screen. Oooh. Actually doing work would be easier if I had a mouse, however. The mouse that's supposed to be provided was out of stock so I've got to wait for it to turn up.

Also, there is a video making program called Photo Booth which could well be the biggest time sink EVER...

The subtitles on that video get out of sync with the speech in the middle but then sort themselves out again by the end. Very odd! I did them using YouTube's automatic English subtitler, and I guess I should have inserted a few more line breaks when I was going 'Er' and moving around. Not bad for automatic though, is it?

Wish it was possible to customise the GUI of a Mac like you can other unix-based OSes. I'll get used to it, of course - it'll just take more than a couple of hours to get comfortable.

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barakta From: barakta Date: 8th June 2010 07:11 (UTC) (Link)
Verry impressive for an automatic subtitler. I've not tried the auto youtube thing cos recently stuff stuff I'm watching is usually music vids, englishdude's skydiving vids or already had captions on it cos it's disabled people being conscious of it.
baratron From: baratron Date: 8th June 2010 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
I had to type in what I said, which took about 20 minutes longer than making the video. If I do this again, I'll write the script first. But then I uploaded the text, and YouTube's automatic subtitle program matched it to the speech.

Really isn't bad, is it?

Edited at 2010-06-08 18:58 (UTC)
barakta From: barakta Date: 9th June 2010 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I thought you meant the youtube speech to text thing that apparently exists. if you type in the text it isn't that clever to time it ok to actual speech but still easier than time matching entirely on its own.

It's a lot better than no subs! :)
wateryfowl From: wateryfowl Date: 8th June 2010 11:19 (UTC) (Link)
Very interested to hear you!

I always imagined you sounding... well rather stupidly (on my part) American.

I think the U.S. Needs an Aussie channel so I can get used to how it sounds. Every time I hear Lythie talk it's a strange and novel experience, but Brits don't do that to me...

(I am totally making a long comment...)
From: hatter Date: 8th June 2010 11:29 (UTC) (Link)
Once I'm in the wrong timezone, or back in the right one, holler if there's any things you want your mac to do that it doesn't seem to. Mad rush for the next couple of days until I fly off though. Anything you want brought back from the USA ?

And hasn't richard got an armful of random usb mice around in the meantime, or are you waiting for a particularly special one ?

the hatter
baratron From: baratron Date: 8th June 2010 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
Erm... I am remarkably good at destroying mice. We only have one functioning mouse left, and even then it doesn't quite work properly! ;D

I always want stuff from the US, but doubt there's much you could carry. Unless you want to get me some Pokemon DVDs as a birthday present? *hint*
From: hatter Date: 8th June 2010 19:15 (UTC) (Link)
Is there a handy way to identify pokemon DVDs not already owned by an H-L ? Should think I can find some if I know what ones to look out for.

the hatter
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